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Westbrook Apologizes

From Wire Reports

Michael Westbrook strode out of the Washington Redskins locker room and into a sea of microphones and did his duty Monday.

“I thought it was very important that I came out here to say an apology to Redskins fans, the owner, my teammates, because it’s a great embarrassment for the way I reacted out there on the field,” Westbrook said in a soft-spoken, rehearsed manner.

“I think it’s important now just to move on and not let this thing be a distraction to my team. We have to come together, and I learned a great lesson. Thank you.”

Westbrook then turned and went back inside Redskin Park, refusing to take any questions about his bloody attack six days ago on teammate Stephen Davis.

Westbrook has been fined $50,000 and will not start Sunday’s regular-season opener against Carolina. The Redskins have reportedly asked him to undergo counseling.

Court hears Sapp tape

A tape of the 911 call that alerted police to an alleged drug transaction involving Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp was played in court.

Sapp was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after police, acting on the anonymous tip, stopped the football player’s Mercedes in June and found 3.7 grams of marijuana in the car’s console and nine more in a backpack that a passenger told police did not belong to Sapp.

A motion filed by attorney Ronald P. Hanes contends the June 7 traffic stop was illegal, noting that police observed no reasonable suspicion of criminal activity and that Sapp did not violate any traffic laws.

Cowboys’ Newton in trouble again

A Dallas County grand jury is expected to meet today to consider a sexual assault complaint a Grand Prairie woman filed against Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton.

The 31-year-old woman said through her lawyer that Newton, 35, assaulted her June 15 at her mobile home where she lives with her two young sons. Both the woman and Newton confirm that they had a lengthy relationship.

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